Friday Jun 30, 2023

063 - Then And Now: The Lost Cause


About this episode: 

It was January 1872. In Lexington, Virginia and on the campus of recently re-named Washington and Lee College, former Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early was on a mission: a mission to venerate Robert E. Lee, and to give Southerners a positive spin on their defeat - not only to address the recent past, but to arm them and their descendants with, as he and his disciples put it, a “correct” narrative of the war. This is the story of an ideology that simmers even to this day. This is the story of the creation and foundations of the Lost Cause.  


Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Patrick Cleburne

Jubal Anderson Early

James Longstreet

Albert Sidney Johnston

Philip Sheridan

Frederick Douglass


For Further Reading:


The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History by Gary W. Gallagher and Alan T. Nolan


Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


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Producer: Dan Irving

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This may be Fred’s best episode yet. Extremely insightful.

Sunday Jul 02, 2023

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